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Apparently Stoning Gay People To Death Is Back In Style

Two years ago, Jason “Cowboy” Huggins testified against Joshua Larson in a drug possession and grand theft case. This week Larson may have gotten his revenge by chasing Huggins, who was gay, through Hillcrest Canyon and smashing his head in with a rock. Huggins sustained severe brain damage and later died at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Justin Newman, a close friend, said of Huggins:

“He was the person that, even though in the last six months he was homeless, he’d still give someone the shirt off his back. He’d go out of his way to help people. He was one of the good ol’ boys, one of the last few in the gay community who was genuine and cared about everybody no matter what they were going through. He was always nice; it didn’t matter. He cared about and loved everyone. You would never see him without his cowboy hat, a huge belt buckle and cowboy boots. It was his trademark.”

He had one of those infectious personalities. He always made sure he was cracking jokes to make people laugh. Everyone loved him so much. It didn’t’ matter how bad his life was toward the end, he was still making people laugh. That’s why he was loved so much.”

San Diego police arrested 37-year-old Larson in connection with the murder.

Huggins’ family will hold the service in Clarksville, Tennessee where he spent most of his early life. Anyone who would like to contribute to help out Huggins’ family with travel and funeral expenses may contact Newman at 619-800-2105 or via e-mail at [email protected]

But then there’s also the story of a 28-year-old Philadelphia man named John Joe Thomas who reportedly killed 70-year-old Murray Joseph Seidman by hitting him ten times in the head with a sock filled with rocks and batteries. The two used to go to church and grocery-shopping together.

While there’s no definite confirmation Seidman was gay, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Thomas claimed, “Seidman had been making advances toward him over a period of time. Thomas said he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned in certain situations,” and so he did. Thomas called police and said he discovered the body. When they arrived, the police found him sitting in a hallway crying. Thomas told them, “I’m not going down there again. There is too much blood.”

Seidman, who had appointed Thomas as the executor and sole beneficiary of his will, had been rotting for five days in his apartment before police discovered his body.

    • ME

      This article contains poor writing.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • soakman

      wait, the police found Seidman sitting in the hall crying? Do you mean Thomas? It sounds as if when they found Seidman he was already dead.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      Also bad journalism: they were not killed “in the same week”, they were killed six (6) months apart, one in January, the other in June.

      Add to that, there is no proof that Seidman was gay. His family have denied those allegations since last JANUARY when the murder took place.

      This is VERY very sloppy reporting.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gherkin

      What does Huggins story have to do with an anti-gay attack? It sounds like he ratted out someone in a drug deal gone bad.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel Villarreal

      @soakman: Thanks for catching that. I have fixed the mistake and apologize for the error.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Von Johannstein

      I rather like Queerty so I try to avoid criticising it, but this post really was sloopy journalism. I’m disappointed Queerty :(

      Jul 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @Daniel Villarreal: You might also correct the Seidman part of your article. He wasn’t gay. He was killed for greed. His killer only tried to pull the gay defense out of his ass as a last resort.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • YouStupidBastard

      They actually caught a gay dancing to Lady Gaga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v?=OtQ9oESxqzw

      Jul 29, 2011 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • R.A,

      These murder victims deserve better than your snarky article.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 3:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar

      I’m teary eyed, & scared to die this way :'( R.I.P.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 7:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      @Sebizzar: then don’t deal drugs, and don’t will your estate to a perfect stranger who might kill you.

      there ain’t nothing anti-gay about either of these cases. it’s just shoddy reporting.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 9:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar

      @MikeE: Yeah i guess, but i have a bad fear of being murdered by homophobes =/

      Jul 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Henry

      Thomas is another nut who will use the gay panic defense.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • potshards

      “But then there’s also the story of a 28-year-old Philadelphia man named John Joe Thomas who reportedly killed 70-year-old Murray Joseph Seidman by hitting him ten times in the head with a sock filled with rocks and batteries. The two used to go to church and grocery-shopping together.”

      these killers always act normal until there’s a trigger.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin Costello

      okay, so let’s watch you racist gays turn this story around and blame it on black people. go ahead, you know you want to.

      Jul 30, 2011 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore

      @Kevin Costello: What the hell are you talking about? I saw no mention of anyone’s race. Huggins was a giveaway because of the photographs, but no one else was identified by race.

      In both murders, there was no evidence offered to support a true gay bashing incident except the accused murderer claimed it to use as his defence.

      Jul 31, 2011 at 2:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greenmusic23f

      @ME: This SITE contains poor writing.

      Aug 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kathy

      @ Mike E. Exactly. I know Josh Larson well and he’s no homophobe. Just because a gay person dies, it doesn’t always mean gay bashing. I don’t think Josh did it but either way, it’s not a gay issue. And yes, I’m gay.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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